Let us never lose an opportunity to bring sunshine into the lives of those who look up to our encouragement and those who need us at their side. A few encouraging words could make a huge difference in someoneís life. If ever we need some helping hands, they are at the end of our arms. We may use them to help ourselves and/or to help others. Let us learn from the following analogy of life through a mousetrap.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?"  The mouse wondered.  He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning : "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house."
                                                
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house."

You have two hands. Take with one and with other you give. Thatís the way life works out and thatís the way to live. What you get and what you give must balance up someday. Itís give a little, take a little all along the way. ~unknown

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.
        
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mouset
rap in the house." 

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose." 

So, the mouse returned to the house head down and dejected to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey..  The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught in the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.           

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned  home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.  But, alas, the farmer's wife did not get well . She died.

So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.

And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn't concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journery called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason. One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.  

   
    
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Tim